Amy Rees Anderson

The best in the world

As you probably realize, the Olympics opening ceremony is tonight! The thing that I love about the Olympics is that fact that those people participating in the events are the absolute best of the best that have dedicated themselves 100% to exceling in their talent. That is one of the most impressive things in the world to me – talented people who absolutely excel at those talents because they have been willing to completely dedicate themselves mentally and physically to being the best they can be…

 I can only imagine the number of sacrifices that these athletes have had to make over the years. Everything from saying no to a favorite dessert to hours and hours of practice and falling and getting back up again and trying all over again. Their mental dedication is absolutely tremendous and it makes me so proud just to watch them perform. I don’t care what country they come from or what background they represent – they are all AWESOME! Truly. Now I will admit that I will vote for team USA because I believe in supporting your home team, but I am proud of every athlete from every country that has made it to the Olympic Games. Now, don’t make fun of me but I will even admit that I get choked up whenever they play each countries national anthem during the awards ceremonies. I love to watch them raise the flags and I love to see how happy the athletes are to make their country proud. There is something so honorable and patriotic about the Olympic Games.

More than anything it makes me really want to be the very best that I can be with my own talents.

Maybe most of us will never make it to an Olympic sport, but we can certainly be the very best at our talents. God gave them to us for a reason and we should use them. Not only should we use them but we should really dedicate ourselves to growing them by making sacrifices necessary, hours of practice, falling and getting back up again, and trying all over again. That is what will make us the best of the best in life, and the thought of achieving that makes me excited! So today’s challenge is for everyone to look at the talents that you personally have and determine what steps you can take to build those talents out so they can shine in front of the world the same way an Olympic Athlete’s talents shine for all of us on the big stage.

“Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.”–Mary Lou Retton

Have a great Friday – wait – what ?? It’s Friday?? THAT IS AWESOME!!!! TIME TO DO THE HAPPY DANCE EVERYONE :)…. I LOVE FRIDAY!

~Amy

1 Comment

  • Heidi says:

    This tweet reminded me of a story that my aunt tells. She plays the violin. At one time, she played with the national orchestra. When she was about 16, she was the solo in a concert. After the concert, a gentlemen came up and told her how wonderful she had played and how much he had enjoyed her solo. He then said, “I would give half of my life to play like you do.“ She said, “I did.“

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